NEW YORK – The Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams and the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23.
Williams helped the Raptors to a 3-0 week, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 23.7 ppg and ninth with 2.0 spg. He scored a career-high 36 points and matched his career high with 15 free-throws made, becoming the first player in team history to come off the bench to shoot 15-for-15 from the line, in a 110-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 22. He connected 10 of his 19 attempts from three-point range. Williams has sparked the Raptors to their best start in franchise history and an Eastern Conference-best 11-2 record.
Cousins led the Kings to a 2-1 week and paced the league in rebounding (16.3). He averaged 25.7 points (second in the league) on .577 shooting (30-for-52) and tallied five blocks. On Nov. 22, he recorded his sixth consecutive double-double with 31 points and 18 rebounds, matching his season high, in a 113-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here is a recap of the week for Williams and Cousins:
Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors
Nov. 19 vs. Memphis: Collected 13 points, two steals and two rebounds in a 96-92 win over the Grizzlies.
Nov. 21 vs. Milwaukee: Tallied 22 points and two assists in a 124-82 victory over the Bucks.
Nov. 22 @ Cleveland: Recorded a career-high 36 points to go along with four rebounds, three steals and one assist in a 110-93 win over the Cavaliers.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Nov. 18 vs. New Orleans: Scored 24 points to go along with 17 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in a 106-100 loss to the Pelicans.
Nov. 22 vs. Chicago: Recorded 22 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in a 103-88 win over the Bulls.
Nov. 22 @ Minnesota: Registered 31 points, 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a 113-101victory over the Timberwolves.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Denver’s Ty Lawson, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Miami’s Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Phoenix’s Markieff Morris.